Stangeland, Lucas score 22 and 10; Hawks rip Madrid 50-27 in 2A regional opener

JEWELL – South Hamilton picked the perfect time to right the ship, as the Hawks extended their season Saturday night with a lopsided victory in a Class 2A Region 6 first-round contest on Coach Jim Marsh Court.

The Hawks (2-20) asserted their dominance with an 11-2 first-quarter run and never looked back in a 50-27 victory over Madrid (2-20). It snapped a 16-game losing streak dating back to mid-December and pushed South Hamilton into Tuesday’s regional quarterfinal round against sixth-ranked St. Edmond on the Gaels’ home floor in Fort Dodge.

“We needed a decisive win to gain confidence for our next game … now is the time of the season when you have to bring your best every night,” South Hamilton head coach Kathi Fisher said.

South Hamilton jumped on the back of junior forward Savana Stangeland and she took the club across the finish line. Stangeland produced a double-double – 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Kali Lucas reached double figures as well with 10 points, while Kaitlin Fisher and Allyson Ervin both scored seven. Ervin also collected seven rebounds and three steals.

The Hawks benefitted from 45 fouls called on the two teams and outscored the Tigers 19-9 at the free-throw line.

Madrid received six points from Tori Jacobs.

South Hamilton and St. Edmond will tip-off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The Gaels (19-2) beat the Hawks 63-32 in a regular season game in Jewell back on Dec. 21.